OK, I admit it. Penny Wednesdays is a joke. Didn’t used to be. Five years ago, at Penny Candi’s inception, Penny Wednesdays served a vital purpose by listing the highest rated, physical books on Amazon selling for exactly 1¢. Sure, you’d still have to pay for shipping, but never more than $3.99. And some weeks, if you dug deep, you’d get lucky and find penny books shipping for free!
No more. Those days are gone forever. All penny books on Amazon are now held hostage. One conglomerate still lists them, but with shipping fixed at $9.00 — hardly a bargain. Old-school readers in love with paper and binding would fare better at the library or a local used book store.
As for Penny Candi, we’ve decided to face facts. This week’s Penny Wednesday will be the last. A new feature will replace it — once we figure one out. Have an idea for us? We’d love to hear it. Leave a comment below or visit the Contact page and drop us a line.
Until then, here is the last 1¢ list. No true penny prices, but total amount is less than $9.00. Shipping is noted where applicable and each linked page is to the re-seller offering the listed price. Happy bargaining!
|1.||The Venetian Betrayal: A Novel (Cotton Malone)|
by Steve Berry
+$5.32 shipping. Thriller. Cotton Malone, rare book dealer, joins the race to find Alexander the Great's grave against the backdrop of geopolitcal maneuvering, arms deals, and biological warfare.
|2.||Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie Plum Novels)|
by Janet Evanovich
+$5.34 shipping. Detective Series. Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's sleazy cousin Vinny gets kidnapped and held for ransom. No love lost between her and Vinny, but she's gotta go save him cuz...family. Typical band of eccentrics and dirtbags, wrapped in a more personal case for Plum. Comfort food with a familiar protagonist.
|3.||The Night Climbers|
by Ivo Stourton
+$3.99 shipping. Flashback, coming of age, supense. Lawyer James Walker's past comes back to haunt him when an old friend visits warning that a prank from their college days may be discovered for its actuality - a full-fledged crime.
|4.||The Battle of Corrin (Legends of Dune, Book 3)|
by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
+$3.99 shipping. Final book of Dune prequel series. Humans and machines face off one last time in a titanic struggle to save the human race. Sets up the story conditions for the main series. Intense battle sequences and character intrigue.
|5.||Black Star, Bright Dawn|
by Scott O'Dell
+$3.99 shipping. Classic, coming of age. A young Eskimo girl encounters frightening obstacles when she takes her father's place in the Iditarod. Surprisingly suspenseful.
|6.||All Around the Town|
by Mary Higgins Clark
+$3.99 shipping. Psychological Thriller. Lawyer Sarah Kenyon's sister Laurie is accused of murder. Sarah prepares for the defense while sleuthing the crime, seeking to catch the real killer to save her sister.
|.7||A Sundial in a Grave: 1610|
by Mary Gentle
+$3.99 shipping. Historical Thriller. Swordsman and spy Valentin Rocherfort is drawn into a deadly plot to kill King James I. In his quest to protect the monarchy, he must choose btween loyalty and conscience, blackmail and love. Swashbuckling action and 17th century detection.
Pocket your pennies and pounce on this preview! The first three chapters of the action, sci-fi adventure Jump Point are available on this site — for you, for free. Read it. If you love it, please buy it and keep reading. Dive into the light today! Google Play | Amazon